Dimitris Itoudis honored in Croatia

22.09.2019
Dimitris Itoudis (photo: Zagreb University)
Our team’s head coach visited his alma-mater at Zagreb and spoke at the conference organized by the leading Croatian sports newspaper.

Sportske Novosti newspaper was celebrating its 75 years and 20,000 editions, Dimitris Itoudis said. They organized the conference, it’s topic was ’How to succeed in sports’. The event visited Croatian politicians, businessmen, coaches of the National Teams and clubs of different sports. I was honored to be one of the main speakers. In my speech I noted, that the fails make your character stronger, I put our last season as an example, because we became stronger after some key losses against Buducnost, Maccabi, Baskonia. When you fall, fall forward, I said. We also had a discussion panel with many well-known persons participating. Then I visited the University of Zagreb, where I became a student in 1989, and where I graduated from. There were many emotional moments, they gave me a guide tour, I visited the places where I studied and practiced. I also met many professors and colleagues. They told me and it was a surprise that they are going to name me a honorary professor and coach of the university in November. Unfortunately, I will not be able to visit the ceremony. As a gesture of gratitude, I announced that I will award their best basketball student. This guy is recovering after surgery now, but later I will pay for his 4-day visit to Moscow where he will be able to attend our team’s practices.